With Forza Horizon 4 being set in the UK, one of the big features is the changing climate. British weather is infamous, and Playground Games is capturing it in its entirety in its latest open-world racer with seasons.
As time passes, seasons change and with it the weather and the driving conditions. We've seen what most of them look like, but at Gamescom 2018 I got to hear some of the finer detail about how this core feature will behave.
Seasons in Forza Horizon 4 will change on a weekly basis. And they'll change for everyone playing the game at the exact same time, so whether you're playing solo or with your friends, everyone's having a similar experience.
Alongside this, every week new seasonal championships will be added to the game as part of Playground's commitment to post-launch content. And every race will be slightly different depending which season you're taking it on in.
The changing season and its corresponding weather will have a direct impact on the driving experience. Wet (deformable) mud and snow on the ground will provide a different challenge than a hot, summer day where the ground is hard and dry. Your driving style will alter to reflect the conditions.
And no two seasons will be exactly the same
Weekly Forzathon changes
Also changing weekly are the Forzathon challenges. Forzathon is employed in the current Forza releases, offering a constant stream of new challenges and rewards for completing them.
Forzathon is another avenue of post-launch content support that Forza Horizon 4 players will be able to enjoy, in a large open world that's going to keep drawing you back in. It's easily the most ambitious Horizon title yet, and if it all comes together it's shaping up to be a game worth playing for months and years to come.
Forza Horizon 4 is set to launch to everyone on October 2, 2018, for $60, with a four-day early access period beginning September 28 for Ultimate Edition buyers.
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